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Pikes Peak Writers is seeking volunteers for a number of non-board positions

It’s your chance to get involved! Pikes Peak Writers is seeking volunteers for a number of non-board positions. These include:

NCE positions: Write Brain host (once each month), Special Events Coordinator (coordinating 3-5 events per year), and committee member (meets quarterly to plan and brainstorm). If you would like more information, please sent an email to

The PPW blog needs contributors! Positions include Contributor (write an occasional blog article), Contributing Editor (write a planned series of articles), and Literary Quotes Editor (create and post literary picture quotes). If you are interested or would like more information, please contact

The Zebulon Writing Contest needs a few good volunteers.  Entries are electronically solicited from September 1st through Nov 1st, judges are petitioned, and then the real work begins. Through the fall, winter, and the onset of spring, the Query, Main, and Secondary phases need to be coordinated, judges managed, and scores tallied as entries are judged and finalists chosen. Required skills include: Medium level of computer skills, Familiarity with Word and Excel, Graphics skills a definite asset, Comfortable posting on social media (eg: Twitter and Facebook), Live in the Colorado Springs area for boots on the ground at NCE events when required. For more information, email

Social Media:  We are in need of someone who understands social media, has a few graphic design skills, and understands FB ads. Contact

PIKES PEAK WRITERS has three board positions opening in September

PIKES PEAK WRITERS has three board positions opening in September. All board positions require a 2-year commitment. The board meets quarterly (4 times per year), usually on a weeknight, for approximately two hours. Occasionally there is a longer weekend meeting.


Positions are:

President: The President is the principal executive who supervises and controls the business and affairs of PPW. The President brings issues to the attention of the board, directs discussion and consideration of any issues, and runs the quarterly board meetings.


Secretary: The secretary keeps minutes of quarterly and specially called meetings. Also maintains minutes from votes on the officer’s loop in between meetings. Update SOP file. Assist president with election nominations and slate of officers. May be called upon to research past decisions.


Non Conference Events (NCE) Director:– Plan and schedule Write Brains and other non-conference events throughout the year, invite speakers, ensure events are advertised via social and other media, coordinate our other regular monthly events, such as Open Critique, Writer’s Night, and Write Drunk, Edit Sober.


Anyone interested may also apply for a Member at Large position, which is not an officer position but carries the responsibility of representing the members of Pikes Peak Writers to the board, and helping with special projects.


To apply for any position, email a letter of interest to The letter should include why you’re interested in the job, any volunteer experience-especially with PPW, and an idea of what you would bring to the job. Letters must be submitted by Aug. 30. The board meeting/election will be held on Thurs, Sept. 20, 6:15 p.m. at Library 21C, and anyone who submits a letter of interest for a position should plan to attend.


Terry Odell’s Newest Edition, Falcon’s Prey

Falcon’s Prey, is Terry Odell’s newest book in the Buckthorne, Inc series. Congratulations!!

Her Life is in danger … but so is her heart.
Police officer Lexi Becker is being targeted. Afraid her local police department has been infiltrated, she turns to the only man she can trust for help: Marv “Fish” Frisch, her former patrol partner. Danger is everywhere. Someone’s bugged her house. An illegal opioid network is thriving. People are dying. And an even more sinister plan is being put into action. Torn between hiding or coming to the aid of an orphaned child, Lexi leaves Fish’s protection. Will she survive long enough to tell Fish how she feels?


From childhood, Terry Odell wanted to “fix” stories so the characters would behave properly. She found this wasn’t always possible, as evidenced when the mystery she intended to write turned into a romance, despite the fact that she’d never read one. Odell thinks of her books as “Mysteries With Relationships.” Her series include Blackthorne, Inc., Pine Hills Police, Triple-D Ranch, and Mapleton Mysteries. Her short story collection, “Seeing Red” is a Silver Falchion winner. You can find her high (that’s altitude—she lives at 9100 feet!) in the Colorado Rockies—or at her website. Also visit her Amazon author page for more books.


Sweet Success by: KJ Scrim, Contributing Editor.
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Chris Mandevelle Releases Quake

Another Sweet Success for Chris Mandeville! The first novel in her, In Real Time series, Quake was released May 29, 2018.

QuakeTime traveling thieves. A stolen kiss. A wormhole to the heist of the century.
Fifteen-year-old Allie Bennett’s a con artist, a pickpocket, and on her last chance at an end-of-the-line foster home. She learns her mom—who disappeared when she was ten—isn’t a crazy but is actually a time traveler, and Allie’s one, too. She joins a crew of time traveling thieves and goes back to the 1906 San Francisco earthquake to pull the heist of the century and find her mom. But time travelers are hunted, her crew might be killers, everyone has a secret agenda, and she must pull off the con of her life to make it out alive.


Chris MandevilleCHRIS MANDEVILLE writes science fiction/fantasy and nonfiction for writers. She served as president of Pikes Peak Writers for five years, and is now the Conference Director for Superstars Writing Seminars. Her books include Seeds: a post-apocalyptic adventure and 52 Ways to Get Unstuck: Exercises to Break Through Writer’s Block.

Find her young adult time travel novel, Quake, on Amazon and her website.

Sweet Success by: KJ Scrim, Contributing Editor.
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Time is Running Out – Register Now for this Special Event – The Art of Going Deep with Christine Goff

The Art of Going Deep –  Christine Goff


Saturday June 23, 2018 – 1:00-5:00pm — Doors open at 12:30

Cost: $25 – Register using send your payment to
Then email your name, phone number, and a copy of your transaction confirmation email to

Where: Venue@21c (upper floor, to the right if coming in the upper entrance) of Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr. Colorado Springs, CO 80920

More Information: Concept. Structure. Plot. Character. Pacing. Dialogue. Setting. It takes ALL that and more to make a good book. And it takes digging deep to make it stellar. Going Deep is how you make your story breathe. Going Deep is what helps you create characters that jump off the page to live in the heart of the reader. As authors, it’s our job to put our characters through the wringer, but it isn’t enough to make the reader feel frightened for the character. We need to make the reader feel frightened as though they are the character.

We’ve all read books that make us feel like we’re living the moment. We laugh. We cry. Our hearts pound. We’re scared to death. One in a million writers is so gifted that their words hit the page with perfection. For the rest of us it’s accomplished by digging deep. Restructuring. Revising. Polishing. Rewriting, if need be.

In this workshop, Chris Goff will explore some of the ways writers can dig in and mine for that je ne sais quoi that grabs a reader and propels a book onto the bestseller lists. She’ll share some tools, methods and insight, so we can master the Art of GOING DEEP.

Please bring five to ten PRINTED pages of your work-in-progress or finished manuscript (even better) and be prepared to make some changes.

About the Presenter: Chris Goff is an award-winning author of six novels based on environmental themes and a new international thriller series. Her bestselling Birdwatcher’s Mystery series has been nominated for two Willa Awards, and a Colorado Authors’ League Award. Her debut thriller, DARK WATERS, was nominated for the 2016 Colorado Book Award, Colorado Authors’ League Award and the Anthony Award for Best Crime Fiction Audiobook. Her latest book, RED SKY, came out in June 2017.

Chris Goff began her career writing non-fiction, penning columns for several local newspapers in Summit County, Colorado, as well as articles for regional and national publication. Later she edited rock and ice-climbing guides for Chockstone Press and worked in graphic production for a division of The Morehouse Publishing Group. She has taught writing workshops at the Colorado Free University, the University of Colorado, and across the US and in England. A long-standing member of multiple writing organizations, she has served on several local, regional and national boards. She currently serves as a member of the Sisters in Crime Education Committee, and sits on the Executive Committee of International Association of Crime Writers.













Memorial for Longtime PPW Member Steven Nelson

steve nelson headshotSteven LeRoy Nelson’s Memorial will be on Saturday, June 2nd, at 11:00 a.m., at the All Souls Unitarian Church. All Souls is located at the corner of Tejon and Dale, close to Colorado College. We will be celebrating his life and his passions: writing, family, and serving others.

Please bring your favorite finger food, casserole, etc., OR beverage. Wine/beer/spirits are welcome.

Your role during this memorial is to honor the passing of a good man, and to celebrate not only his life, but YOUR life, and the gifts you’ve given and received through your connections with others.

I look forward to sharing this celebration of my husband’s life with you, and I am grateful for the love and compassion I’ve received from so many of you. Thank you.

Please RSVP to Georgeanne Nelson if you’re planning on attending:

Steve Nelson

Steven Nelson attended his first PPW Conference in 1996, and attended almost every conference since. He was an award-winning humorist whose fiction appeared in Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazines, The Leviathan, Fire and Ice, and other publications. He was also the author of the Axel Hatchett murder mystery series, and was in the process of completing his seventh installment when he passed on April 24th. In addition to his writing, he was an optician for 17 years, and participated in numerous Gift of Sight missions, traveling to places like China, Mexico, and Venezuala to make glasses for thousands of people who have no access to optical care. He also contributed his skills locally to the Vision Van to make glasses for the homeless and needy of Colorado Springs. Most recently, he was donating his time to an organization he loved — Pikes Peak Writers — serving as co-host for Write Brain.

Ron Cree

Ronald Cree was many things – father, grandfather, published YA author, world traveler. To really know him, however, was to understand what tied all those things together and therefore what made him so very dear to his friends. Ron was a celebrator. Of life, of success, of people. Of accomplishments small and large. Ron was an instigator of joy – demanding from life and all of us that we spend time together, that we mark the moments with photographs and shared memories. Ron was everyone’s greatest supporter, always available for a signing, a lunch, a pat on the back, or a kick in the pants for motivation. Ron did not wait for the world, he demanded it come to him and he moved through it voraciously, celebrating and living every moment. It is tragic that Ron is no longer here, with a quick laugh, a snarky remark, a demand for us to gather in for another photo. And that is an enormous loss to Pikes Peak Writers and the writing community in general. But his legacy is to remind us always to celebrate. Be joyful. Support each other. Buy books. Write the words. Take the pictures. He will be greatly missed.

Cover Reveal – Darby Karchut’s Del Toro Moon

Del Toro Moon Book Cover

Please join me in congratulating Pikes Peak Writers member Darby Karchut and cover artist Risa Rodil as we take part in the cover reveal for Darby’s Del Toro Moon, due out this fall.   [ed]

Bad enough Matt Del Toro is the greenest greenhorn in the family’s centuries-old business: riding down and destroying wolf-like creatures, known as skinners. He must also learn how to match his father’s skills at monster hunting. Odds of doing that? Yeah, about a million to one. Because Matt’s father is the legendary Javier Del Toro—hunter, scholar, and a true caballero: a gentleman of the horse.

Now, with the skinners multiplying, both in numbers and ferocity, Matt is desperate to keep his father and hot-tempered older brother from killing each other, prevent his new friend, Perry—a horse-crazy girl who recently moved to their small town of Huerfano, Colorado—from discovering the true nature of his odder-than-oddball family, and save a group of paleontologists from getting skinner-ed.

Luckily, Matt has twelve hundred pounds of backup in his best friend—El Cid, an Andalusian war stallion with the ability of human speech, more fighting savvy than a medieval knight, and a heart as big and steadfast as the Rocky Mountains.

Serious horse power.

Those skinners don’t stand a chance.  

Del Toro Moon by Darby Karchut

Coming September 2018 from Owl Hollow Press

Middle Grade fantasy


The cover was designed by Risa Rodil ( ) a popular MG/YA book cover artist. Her other clients include Disney, Nickelodeon TV, Penguin Random House, and Harper Collins.

Darby Karchut is a multi-award winning author, dreamer, and compulsive dawn greeter.  A proud native of New Mexico, she now lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, where she runs in blizzards and bikes in lightning storms. When not dodging death by Colorado, Darby is busy at her writing desk. Her books include the best selling middle grade series: THE ADVENTURES OF FINN MacCULLEN. Best thing ever: her YA debut novel, GRIFFIN RISING, has been optioned for film.